A bestselling historian returns with a visually sumptuous look at how the railroad transformed North America.
The railroad changed the face of North America forever, allowing the its economy to become industrialized and catalyzing settlement and growth within the continent. People and goods could now move vast distances, time zones were standardized, and military use of the railroads transformed the nature of war. This latest book in the popular Historical Atlas series outlines the development of the railroad system from its very beginnings around 1830 through to today's freight railroads and government passenger services. It features an unprecedented 400 -plus contemporary and historical railroad maps, photographs and many other railroadiana illustrations. Here is a colourful, integrated approach to the origins and development of railroads-their heyday, decline and modern rebirth-in both the United States and Canada, for anyone who loves art books, history, maps or railroads.
"Award-winning map historian Derek Hayes presents a visually rich look at North America's railway history in this addition to his popular Historical Atlas Series...Railway enthusiasts, map lovers and anyone interested in the history of advertising will enjoy this book."